Vancouveria chrysantha

9 Jul

Vancouveria chrysantha (23/05/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Vancouveria chrysantha (23/05/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Dappled shade

Flowering period: Late spring to early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 30cm

Eventual Spread: 60cm

Hardiness: 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Berberidaceae

Vancouveria chrysantha is an evergreen herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit. Its mid green leaves 3 to 5 foliate. Its leaflets are cordate, slightly three lobed with red entire margins. Its yellow flowers appear as racemes terminally on erect stems and are up to 1cm long. Its elliptic fruit is a two valved capsule. Its roots have rhizomes which aids its slow spread.

Vancouveria chrysantha Flower (23/05/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Vancouveria chrysantha Flower (23/05/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Vancouveria chrysantha, commonly known as Golden Inside-Out Flower, is native to west USA. In its native habitat it grows dry mountain scrub and forests.

The etymological root of the binomial name Vancouveria is named after Captain George Vancouver (1757 – 1798). Chrysantha is derived from the Greek xrus meaning ‘golden’ and enteron meaning ‘guts’.

Vancouveria chrysantha Leaf (23/05/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Vancouveria chrysantha Leaf (23/05/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Vancouveria chrysantha useful as an attractive evergreen groundcover suitable for dappled shade locations.

Ecologically, Vancouveria chrysantha flowers are attractive to pollinating insects. Its seeds are dispersed by ants.

Vancouveria chrysantha prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Vancouveria chrysantha requires little maintenance.

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